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Descriptor Code: ABCB
Board Member Qualifications  
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(The State Constitution provides that county school board members may not reside in a portion of the county embraced within an independent school system.)


School board members must be persons of good moral character who have at least a fair knowledge of the elementary branches of an English education and be favorable to the common school system.




School board members must not come under any of the following categories of persons ineligible to hold civil office:


  1. Persons not citizens of Georgia;

  2. Persons under 21 years of age;

  3. Persons having or receiving Georgia or county public monies who have refused or failed to account for and pay over the monies when called upon;

  4. Persons convicted and sentenced for any felony involving moral turpitude;

  5. Persons holding any office of the United States (except Postmaster), or any state, or a foreign nation, except the reserve components of the Armed Forces;

  6. Persons of unsound mind;

  7. Persons who are unfit to discharge the duties of the office because of advanced age or bodily infirmity; and

  8. Persons who have not been (for a county office) citizens and voters in the county for two (for a county office) citizens and voters in the county for two years prior to their selection.


In addition, the law provides the following disqualifications:


  1. Publishers of school books, agents of school book publishers, and persons having a pecuniary interest in the sale of school books are disqualified.

  2. Only one member may be selected from any militia district or locality.

  3. A board may not employ one of its own members.

  4. Persons serving on the governing board of a private educational institution, persons serving on the board of any other public school system, and persons employed by the State Board of Education or serving as a member thereof are not eligible to serve on county boards of education.  These disqualifications do not apply to institutions above the high school level.

  5. A member of the county board of education is ineligible to hold another county office.



Bryan County Schools
Date Adopted:  7/14/1987

Policy Reference Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

Note: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For example enter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
State Reference Description
Ga. Constitution Art. 2, Sec. 2, Par. 3 Persons not eligible to hold office.
O.C.G.A 20-02-0132 Primary goals of QBE program
O.C.G.A 20-02-0505 School board members prohibited from selling school supplies or equipment to county board
O.C.G.A 20-02-0505.1 Board transacting business with bank or similar institution in which member has interest
O.C.G.A 45-02-0001 Persons ineligible to hold civil office; vacation of office; validity of acts while in office
O.C.G.A 45-02-0002 Person to hold only one county office; commissioned officer not to be deputy for another
O.C.G.A 45-03-0001 Oaths required of public officers
O.C.G.A 45-11-0008 Engaging in bail bond business
O.C.G.A. 20-02-0051 Election of county board members; persons ineligible to serve
Federal Reference Description
05 USC 7324 Political activities on duty; prohibition